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  • Historically, Obama Isn't in Strong Shape (Jay Cost)

    09/21/2012 1:04:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    WEEKLY STANDARD ^ | September 21, 2012 | Jay Cost
    Conservatives are growing worried, and Democrats gleeful, about Obama’s lead in the polls, basically for the same reason: it is late in the season (or so it seems), and the incumbent president has a lead. That is a good thing for Obama. Perhaps, but three fundamental points need to be kept in mind.First, Obama is weaker than previous incumbents who went on to victory. When we are looking through history, the only poll we can really utilize is Gallup if we want an apples-to-apples comparison. For better or worse, Gallup is the only polling organization consistently doing polling of registered voters...
  • Demonizing Israel is bad for the Palestinians-negative focus has harmed the Palestinians’ interests

    08/01/2010 3:47:27 PM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/01/2010 | MUDAR ZAHRAN
    Since the establishment of the State of Israel, the international media have been unhesitant in criticizing the Jewish state on almost everything. This has evolved into a media culture by itself, to the point that many internationally renowned newspapers would have a button labelled “Israel” or “Israeli-Arab conflict” on their Web sites including very little positive content about Israel. Media hostility toward Israel has been mainly focused on its military operations and, in more quiet times, on the living conditions of the Palestinians in Israel. Amazingly enough, the international media, and particularly the Western ones, pay very little attention to...
  • My Biggest Mistake in the White House

    07/14/2010 6:34:58 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 118 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 07-15-10 | KARL ROVE
    Failing to refute charges that Bush lied us into war has hurt our country. Seven years ago today, in a speech on the Iraq war, Sen. Ted Kennedy fired the first shot in an all-out assault on President George W. Bush's integrity. "All the evidence points to the conclusion," Kennedy said, that the Bush administration "put a spin on the intelligence and a spin on the truth." Later that day Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle told reporters Mr. Bush needed "to be forthcoming" about the absence of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Thus began a shameful episode in our political...
  • Forests can help control climate change (Cpt. Obvious Alert)

    06/19/2008 11:56:44 AM PDT · by PROCON · 11 replies · 532+ views
    Boulder, Colo. -- The Earth has about 16.2 million square miles of forests but scientists say research is needed to understand the forests' impact on climate change. "As politicians and the general public become more aware of climate change, there will be greater interest in legislative policies to mitigate global warming," said atmospheric scientist Gordon Bonan of the National Science Foundation's National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. "Forests have been proposed as a possible solution, so it is imperative that we understand fully how forests influence climate." The complex relationships within forests both add and subtract from the...
  • McCain faces doubts among Republican conservatives

    05/11/2008 4:13:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 156 replies · 344+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/11/08 | Charlotte Raab
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - While John McCain is practically assured the Republican presidential nomination, many party members are having a hard time accepting him -- and showing it with symbolic votes against him in primary contests. The Republican nomination battle has been all but decided for over two months. Still, some Republicans used the April 22 Pennsylvania primary and last week's votes in Indiana and North Carolina to register their unhappiness with the de facto victor. Some vote for libertarian Texan Ron Paul, who has refused to quit the race and has racked up more than one million votes, according to...
  • Domestication Of The Donkey May Have Taken A Long Time

    03/13/2008 6:36:00 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies · 842+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-13-2008 | Washington University in St. Louis
    Domestication Of The Donkey May Have Taken A Long TimeAn international group of researchers has found evidence for the earliest transport use of the donkey and the early phases of donkey domestication, suggesting the process of domestication may have been slower and less linear than previously thought. (Credit: iStockphoto/Andrea Laurita) ScienceDaily (Mar. 13, 2008) — An international group of researchers has found evidence for the earliest transport use of the donkey and the early phases of donkey domestication, suggesting the process of domestication may have been slower and less linear than previously thought. Based on a study of 10 donkey...
  • Semen boosts HIV transmission

    12/16/2007 2:34:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 24 replies · 553+ views
    Nature News ^ | 13 December 2007 | Heidi Ledford
    Fibres may be more important than viral load in determining transmission rates. A component found in semen can enhance HIV transmission by as much as 100,000-fold, researchers have found. The results, if verified in a clinical setting, could identify a new way to help prevent the spread of the disease. "I think this is tremendous," says Christopher Pilcher, an HIV researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, who was not affiliated with the study. "It raises a lot of really fundamental questions about how HIV is transmitted." Over 80% of HIV infections are acquired through sexual intercourse, primarily via...
  • Former Judge Faces 20 Years In Prison For Mafia Dealings [guess the party!]

    07/17/2007 4:27:36 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 10 replies · 730+ views
    wnbc ^ | 7/17/7
    NEW YORK -- A former Nassau County judge pleaded guilty Friday to trying to launder more than $400,000 for members of the Genovese crime family. David Gross, 45, admitted he agreed to try to launder the cash he knew was the result of a jewelry heist. What Gross did not know is that one of the men he was making the deal with was an undercover FBI agent. Federal prosecutors said Gross planned to keep up to 20 percent of all cash he agreed to launder. He also agreed to try to sell more than $280,000 worth of stolen diamonds....
  • BERLIN MOTHER SUSPECTED OF KILLING DAUGHTER, 8

    05/07/2007 6:52:42 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 8 replies · 864+ views
    deutsche presse via email, no url | 05/07/07
    Berlin (dpa) - Police have arrested a 32-year-old Berlin woman, on suspicion of murdering her own daughter in a busy park in Germany's latest case of shocking violence against children. Residents found the body of Amani, 8, still warm and sprawled on a park bench Saturday in the city's Wilmersdorf neighbourhood. A prosecutor, Michael Grunwald, said the mother refused to answer questions about the child's death and the murder weapon had not been found yet. Police said an autopsy showed Amani died of injuries to the throat. They were not specific if her throat was cut or crushed. Amani, who...
  • Barbie Bandits "Down The Wrong Road"

    03/07/2007 6:13:50 AM PST · by JoeGar · 56 replies · 3,092+ views
    MSNBC/Newsweek ^ | March 6, 2007 | Rachel Pomerance and Arian Campo-Flores
    Enter the Shooter Alley strip club in Doraville, Ga., and you'll find plenty of naked young women entertaining their male clients, writhing and shaking only inches away from their faces. It was there that two dancers, Ashley Miller (known as "Adrienne") and Heather Johnston (who went by "Charlie"), met recently and became fast friends. The pairing proved ill-fated. Both were reportedly on a destructive tear. Johnston, 19, was heavily using drugs, according to a fellow stripper at the club. And Miller, 18, had struck up with a reputed drug dealer. The two reached a nadir last week when they robbed...
  • Analysis: Was this meant as next 9/11?

    08/10/2006 9:30:55 AM PDT · by 300magnum · 74 replies · 2,844+ views
    Associated Press ^ | PAUL HAVEN
    Its scope was ruthlessly ambitious, causing destruction officials say would have been "unimaginable." The alleged plot to take down several U.S.-bound planes with liquid explosives appears to be unlike anything the world has seen in years. Counterterrorism officials said Thursday the London plot appears to bear the fingerprints of al-Qaida, and may have been "the Big One" they have been dreading since Sept. 11, 2001, particularly as the five-year anniversary of the carnage approaches. More than 20 people have been jailed, terror threat levels have been raised to some of their highest levels, and hundreds of flights have been canceled...
  • Hillary: Not a centrist

    05/31/2006 6:49:30 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 48 replies · 1,016+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 1 June 2006 | Brent Bozell
    There are days when you get up and stare at the front page of the newspaper and you just have to put the paper back down. May 30 was one of those days. After escaping for the long Memorial Day weekend, one returns to the real world Tuesday morning. But those who read The Washington Post are reminded that some people live forever in the world of make believe. Witness the front-page headline: "Clinton Is A Politician Not Easily Defined: Senator's Platform Remains Unclear." That is to politics what "The DaVinci Code" is to theology. When you pick up the...
  • Gays, priest sex abuse: Is there any connection?

    10/17/2005 3:56:56 PM PDT · by tuesday afternoon · 196 replies · 1,934+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 10.17.05 | Carey Goldberg
    If the Catholic Church wants to prevent sexual abuse by priests, several abuse experts said, there are better ways to do it than by trying to bar gay men from the clergy. The church recently began checking American seminaries for ''evidence of homosexuality," and the pope is widely expected to ban actively gay men from taking holy orders. But it will be tricky to cull gays from the priesthood, the abuse experts said this month. And it would be more effective -- and more humane -- to target likely abusers rather than all gays. ''There's no adequate way to screen...
  • Wealthy men have richer sex lives

    07/18/2005 2:36:48 AM PDT · by Selkie · 196 replies · 3,564+ views
    theaustralian ^ | July 18, 2005 | Mark Henderson
    HIGH earners of both genders boast an increased libido over their poorer colleagues, but only the wealthy men end up having more sex. As their incomes rise, men and women are more likely to have a higher sex drive, according to a study of almost 30,000 people from 170 countries - the largest survey of its kind. The findings, from an online survey conducted by the BBC, offer fresh evidence for the theory that women tend to be more attracted to men with money and resources, but that a woman's wealth does not much affect her sex appeal to men....
  • Very few overweight women happy

    06/30/2005 3:37:52 PM PDT · by beavus · 186 replies · 3,937+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | 6/30/05 | UPI
    LONDON, June 30 (UPI) -- Only 1 percent of overweight women in a British survey said they are happy with their shape, blaming the celebrity culture for their attitude. Of the 4,000 overweight women questioned by the National Slimming Survey, 83 percent said they suffered from deep "self-loathing". Some 91 percent felt depressed and 79 percent said they felt "utter despair." Two-thirds of overweight women said they have felt like "life is not worth living," Sky News reported. The survey also said 74 percent admitted to hiding food in their bedroom, car, garage or garden. About half of respondents removed...
  • Camera of Sean Penn, Journalist, Confiscated in Iran

    06/12/2005 6:12:56 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 52 replies · 2,996+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | 6/12/05 | Editor & Publisher
    NEW YORK Iran was rocked by bombings on Sunday, killing at least nine and wounding more than 30, as dozens of journalists from around the world gathered in advance of the presidential election this Friday. One of those journalists, actor Sean Penn--covering the events for the San Francisco Chronicle--was involved in a separate incident, and had his video camera confiscated for a time. Several hundred women at a sit-in outside the entrance to Tehran University demanded rights revoked after the 1979 Islamic revolution. As chants and taunts arose, police and plainclothesmen surrounded the demonstrators, pushing away those trying to join...
  • Menstrual Cycle May Alter Brain Chemistry

    05/17/2005 6:16:54 AM PDT · by pissant · 137 replies · 2,725+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5/16/05 | Jennifer Warner
    Hormonal changes may actually alter the chemical balance in the brain and trigger some of the mood swings associated with a woman's monthly menstrual cycle, according to a new study. The study suggests that cells in a brain region called the hippocampus generate different types of receptors for the brain chemical GABA during various phases of the menstrual cycle. These changes may affect a woman's susceptibility to anxiety, depression, and seizures. Both estrogen and progesterone have effects on nerve cell activation, but the mechanism behind changes in seizure activity and increased anxiety are unknown, write the researchers. They say their...